Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Drawing cartoons, defying the government in Latin America

From The Washington Post.

While much of the world focuses on the violence and threats that Western political cartoonists have faced for depicting the prophet Muhammad, many cartoonists are silenced around the world thanks to good old-fashioned government censorship and political oppression. In Latin America, cartooning against the government in certain countries can carry heavy consequences.
Find out more about cartoonists Bonil and Rayma Subrani here

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Six Cartoonists Draw About Women's Access to Political Power

Cartoon by Angel Boligan

Brian Gable, editorial cartoonist of The Globe and Mail asked six artists featured in the film Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy, to draw on a single subject: women's access to political power.

The drawings and article here.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Nieman Report on Political Cartooning

From the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

Illustration by Christopher Weyant

The Offending Art: Political Cartooning after the Charlie Hebdo Attacks
Satirists around the world come to terms with the danger of "punching up" at those in power.

The full article by Jonathan Guyer here.

Reprint on the "National Newswatch" website (10)

Yesterday on the National Newswatch website.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Likeness of Being: Portraits by Philip Burke

From the Burchfield Penny website.

Neil Young by Philip Burke
Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, New York Observer—the editors of these and numerous other prominent newspapers and magazines from around the world have all been drawn to Philip Burke's work. Burke creates portraits—part caricature, part abstract expression—that vividly capture the essence of the person he's painting. His process begins with careful study of the landscape of the subject's face, sketching until he's gained an intimate understanding of the geometry and topography of the individual's unique features. 
Knowing how the person looks allows Burke the freedom to explore who they really are. That's when, as the artist describes it, the "dance" begins, resulting in lyrical explosions of color on canvas and bold pen strokes on paper. As faces warp and melt, the soul of the subject—from musicians to movie stars, from athletes to politicians, from family and friends to Burke himself—comes into view. The Likeness of Being brings together powerful portraits from throughout the artist's prolific career.

The Likeness of Being: Portraits by Philip Burke
April 10 to September 13, 2015
Burchfield Penny Art Center
SUNY Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, New York 14222

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Screenings of "Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy" at RAFF 2015

From CanadianArt.

Cartoonist Angel Boligan demonstrates the power of the pen.

The documentary "Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy" will have its' Toronto premiere at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on March 27 and 28 in the presence of producer Stéphanie Valloatto.

At the March 27 screening, producer Stéphanie Valloatto will moderate a panel discussion on political cartooning in Canada with cartoonists Bruce MacKinnon and Brian Gable and editor Haroon Siddiqui.